Description: If you have been using Suns shooting guard Gerald Green during his hot March (23.3 ppg) be prepared for the possibility that just back from the injured list Eric Bledsoe will replace him in the starting five.
Insight: Phoenix is 3-7 over their last 10 games and coach Jeff Hornacek is looking to make some changes, according to an Arizona Republic report.
Description: Portland PF LaMarcus Aldridge has a lower back contusion and he\'ll miss both Friday and Saturday\'s game,
Insight: Aldridge (23.4 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.7 apg) will be reevaluated next week. Dorell Wright and Thomas Robinson will see more minutes with Aldridge out, but neither has Aldridge talent. Damian Lillard, Wes Mathews and Nicolas Batum should dominate the offense.
Description: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula was in a giving mood Thursday, handing out three assists.
Insight: Filppula has come up with five points in his last three games and 46 points in 61 games this season. A broken ankle prevented the 29-year-old from challenging his career high of 66 points, set in 2011-12, but he already has the second highest points total of his career.
Description: Lightning rookie winger Ondrej Palat has contributed six points (three goals) in his last three games.
Insight: Palat is in a spirited competition with teammate Tyler Johnson for second place in scoring among rookies (Colorado\'s Nathan MacKinnon leads the field with 51). Palat has 43 points to Johnson\'s 42.
Description: St. Louis reliever Jason Motte, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, will throw live BP on Friday, according to mlb.com. He has spent the past few weeks increasing the intensity of his bullpen sessions so that he could move onto the next phase in his recovery.
Insight: Motte led the National League in saves in 2012 with 42 but missed all of last season. He\'ll likely end up being a setup man for Trevor Rosenthal so he\'ll have limited fantasy value in all leagues except those who accumulate holds.
Description: Los Angeles\' Matt Kemp (ankle) played the outfield again on Thursday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Kemp played two half-innings, one more than he played Wednesday. He is attempting to come back from ankle surgery in October. Kemp has missed 145 games the last two seasons due to hamstring, shoulder and ankle injuries and hit a paltry .270 with six homers and a .723 OPS over 73 games in 2013. If he can avoid a setback, he should be ready to play after the Dodgers finish their season-opening series in Australia. Kemp is a typical high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: The Panthers officially released their longtime No. 1 wideout Steve Smith on Thursday.
Insight: The 34-year-old\'s career was revitalized when Carolina drafted QB Cam Newton and he put up 2,568 yards and 11 touchdowns on 152 catches in 2011-12, but he had just 745 yards and four scores on 64 catches (11.6 ypc) in 15 games last season. The Ravens are the favorite to land the veteran, but he\'s unlikely to carry much fantasy value as a third option behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. As we just saw for years in Houston, new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak\'s offense heavily features the tight end and No. 1 receiver but not the No. 2 wideout.
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